Greg and Charlie revive Gypsy Feet Band with new members!

Happy spring, Everyone!

I realize I haven’t blogged since January – but winter’s a time for quiet.

Now it’s spring, and life is reborn!

To start things off, here’s a copy of a recent media release, to give some history of the old Gypsy Feet Band and its new revival:

SILVER CITY, NM — “Greg & Charlie” – Greg Renfro and Charlie Alfero – have been performing as a folk-rock duo in and around Silver City since 2002 (13 years!) and have recently been joined by three other musicians.  And they’ve revived the name of a band they were part of from 2004 − 2009 – the folk-rock dance quartet known as the “Gypsy Feet Band.”

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Shems Nickle (l), Charlie Alfero (in the cowboy hat!), Ed Teja (in the bowler hat!), and Greg Renfro opening the first Pickamania Sunday.

Those who’ve been around Silver City for a while will remember the old Gypsy Feet Band, with Ed Teja on electric lead guitar, Renfro on guitar and bass, Alfero on mandolin, and Shems Nickle on djembe.  The band performed some of Renfro’s folk-rock originals along with classic danceable rock favorites and were booked regularly at the Twisted Vine and Isaac’s in Silver City, the Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos, and were selected to open the first-ever Pickamania Sunday.

The quartet eventually disbanded as many bands do, and Teja, returning to his gypsy ways, went to live in Cambodia with his artist wife Dagny Sellorin for a couple of years.  Today they’ve returned to Silver City, but Teja has hung up his guitars in favor of writing.  Nickles plays today with Sufi musicians, notably singer and guitarist Gayana, most recently at Yankee Creek Coffee House.

Renfro and Alfero first picked instruments together in 2002 when Greg had a regular Friday night gig in the patio of the original Vicki’s Restaurant on Texas and Yankee Streets.  Soon they were performing as “Greg and Charlie,” and in 2008, they recorded their first album of original music, Settle On In, and have performed at many local and regional venues, including repeat invitations to the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlenwoodStock Festival, the Tucson Folk Fest, and events in Socorro and Santa Fe.

The duo had no intentions of reviving a band, but as happens, they’ve been joined occasionally by local musicians, and some have clicked and stayed around:  Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray on bass, Dale Rucklos on guitar, and Paul DeMarco on flute.  The sound is not only bigger and more danceable, but wonderfully complex.  Ray has experience in country, roots rock, vintage blues, mountain music, and bluegrass – and has been playing around the area since high school with notable groups such as the Delk Family Band.  Rucklos brings a jazz-inspired sensibility with a diverse background in rock, jazz, blues, and country.  DeMarco, who has been performing with musicians in the area for thirty years, expands the sound with his collection of flutes.

GFB 15-3-23People began to quip that the still-coalescing group was reminiscent of the old “Gypsy Feet Band.”  With the addition of three more names to the mix, promotions got more cumbersome, and one day audience assessment won out, and Renfro and Alfero decided to revive the Gypsy Feet Band name.  It was first used for a gig at Diane’s Parlor the night of Friday, March 27, 2015.

Renfro and Alfero plan to record a second album of original music this year, expanding their sound with the new Gypsy Feet musicians and possibly others.

“Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band” will perform next at Diane’s Parlor on Friday evening, April 10th, 6-9 pm, and are booked there three more times before the end of May: April 18, May 1, and May 22 – all at Diane’s.  And they’re also scheduled to play the Rockhound State Park near the Florida Mountains southeast of Deming on August 15th as a part of the “Music Under the Stars” series.

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“Rebel Jesus” and other songs and stories of the season…

rebel jesus posterApocalypse:  ORIGIN Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein uncover, reveal, from apo- un- + kaluptein to cover

i.e. the time when things will be revealed….

Two performances downtown this week!

Hello My Friends!

DSC05441 cuNo music last weekend meant that I was able to finish, with Jean, the last fencing around our house, including a gate, and two gate handles hand-crafted from oak branches.  We’re proud to show ’em off here!  Hope you all have been getting your last outdoor chores completed too ~

This week I’m happy to be performing twice.

DSC04697Wednesday, November 12, 4-7 pm, Scott vanLinge and I (duo version of the Loose Blues Band) will perform our classic blues, folk, rock and country at a SNAP* fundraising benefit at the gastronomically-famous** Alotta Gelato at 619 N Bullard (just south of 7th Street).  After a set or so, I’ll play a few solo pieces, and then Jean will join me for a short set of new material we’ve been perfecting.  So, come on downtown, get yourself a gelato, and help support this important community program.  (*SNAP is the Spay and Neuter Awareness Program.)  (**Alotta Gelato has been included in Fodor’s, Frommer’s, NY Times, and other exclusive guides, so if you haven’t been there lately, maybe you should visit!)

panorama YCCHSaturday, November 15, 2-4 pm, Scott and I (Loose Blues Band duo again) will perform at the Yankie Creek Coffee House at Texas and Yankie Streets in the arts center of historic downtown Silver City.  If you miss Wednesday, or even if you don’t, come on down and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere – comfy couches, tables and chairs, WIFI, coffees, teas, baked goods and friendly folks!  The concert, as always, is free.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Support local music!

Another New Video: “Best Kept Secret”

gila-national-forest-mogollon-mtnsSouthwest New Mexico IS “best kept” a secret, don’t you think?

Playing at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday with the Loose Blues Band, the weather was beautiful, and the crowds were enjoying one of the last markets of the season, friends, and of course purchasing good food – all this is pretty special – but the Gila Wilderness and all the lands around us make this place supremely special – which is why I wrote the song “Best Kept Secret” (recorded in 2008 on our CD).

Charlie and I performed it “unplugged” two Saturdays ago at Yankie Creek Coffee House, and our friend Jeff Ray captured it on his camera phone, and Jean gave it a little edit and posted it here (scroll down a bit).  (Scrolling further, you’ll find our album version.)best kept secret screen shot best

Thanks for watching.  It’s all you’ll see of me this week!

Charlie and I will be playing (with friends, which always pumps the energy up a notch) at Diane’s Parlor the last two Fridays of this month, the 24th and 31st.  Hope to see you there!

And thanks always for supporting your local musicians!

Silver City Acoustic features Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray and Southern Rocky Mountain Band

JeffRay1Singer/songwriter and guitar and bass player Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray will be our first guest this evening on Silver City Acoustic.

Born in Silver City and “raised in space” (in Santa Rita, NM, now a mining hole in the ground), Jeff spent the last decades in Oregon and has now returned to our locale.

Long ago, locally, Jeff played country-based dance music with the Delk Family Band, aka the “Gully Jumpers” and has played roots rock over the decades with Howie Miller’s local “Sleep Til Noon.”

In Eugene, he sat in with Junior Clark and various members of his band on old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

Jeff’s experience with such diverse musical genres prepares him well for sitting in with various local musicians around Silver City, as well as being part of the very new, local, folk-rock-Americana Southern Rocky Mountain Band (which will be our featured band in the second half of the show).

If that’s not enough, Jeff is devoted to singing his original and cover music on a weekly schedule to a rotation of four retirement homes in the area.  We’ll hear some of that music and talk with him about his inspiration, collaborations, how music relates to the oral traditions of storytelling, and much more.

In the second hour, we admit that we had really wanted to get some other musicians in the studio, but alas, none of them could make it.

So Jean and I and possibly the fourth member of the new Southern Rocky Mountain Band (SoRockMo’ Band) will join Jeff in the second hour to play some of our favorite songs and talk about the launch of our folk-rock-Americana quartet.  Our fourth member is Tom “Houndog” Romancik, who plays guitar, steel guitar, dobro, percussion and more.

SRMB OH 1We’ve been working up a variety of music by Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and of course some of my original music.  We’ll talk about how we all came to work together, as well as our inspirations and intentions.

We recently debuted as a band at the Gila River Film Festival and CD Release Party.  Our new website is at SouthernRockyMountainBand.org.

So tune in and tune up to

KURU 89.1 FM or GMCR.org

6:15-ish (right after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) til 8 pm MT.

 

Silver City Acoustic: Dustin Hamman returns, plus Jessie Lee Thetford

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Dustin Hamman returns tonight to his hometown Silver City and “Silver City Acoustic” at the end of his soundtrack-promoting tour, just as he visited the show to kick off the national tour last February.

Besides sharing some of his extraordinary music, he’ll share stories about how he and his music were selected, his process of creating the movie soundtrack, his experiences as an actor in the film, about the tour, and the two, live soundtrack performances and Beneath the Harvest Sky movie screenings that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Pinos Altos Opera House.

7008770_origIn the second hour, our guest will be another local musician Jessie Lee Thetford, a singer/songwriter, artist, and musician whose debut album AWAKE presents an artist’s coming of age and awareness.

Her debut album-release party will be this Friday at the Little Toad Creek Inn Brewery & Distillery in Silver City.

Thanks, everyone in the Gila-Mimbres area as well as those around the nation, for listening and communicating your comments on this show!  We really appreciate the great feedback.

So tune in and tune up!

6:15-ish (whenever the Community Calendar and Workers Independent News are over)
til 8 pm – MT.

on KURU 89.1 FM Silver City

or stream it live on GMCR.org!

(Send comments and ideas to sca@gmcr.org.)

“Silver City Acoustic” hosts Roger Metcalf and Mike Moutoux tonight!

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“Silver City Acoustic” tonight will feature music and interviews with Roger Metcalf in the first hour (6:15-ish to 7) and Mike Moutoux in the second (7:10-ish to 8).

Roger, “originally a Brit but now a dual Brit/US” citizen, has lived all over the world, and has now settled down as a translator and musician in Silver City.

He learned to play the stand-up bass to orchestra level, then switched to bass guitar and taught himself guitar.

Today Roger plays bass with the Roadrunners, the Greenwood Misses, and occasionally with Melanie Zipin and Wally Lawder.

He’ll share mostly original songs with us, on an acoustic resonator guitar, so fans of Roger will get to hear something they might not have ever heard from him before.

In our second hour, we’ll visit with Mike Moutoux, a cowboy-singer-songwriter from Silver City, also known as “New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy.”

378924_292233797481923_2022509686_nFrom his biography:  Mike specializes in turning ranch work into cowboy songs and cowboy poetry that give listeners a rare look into the life of a working cowboy.  “I’ve helped to pull calves and watched them take their first breath, laid on the ground in the mud and blood doctoring cows, been chased by cows, kicked by cows, fallen off a horse or two, and just generally collected too many fond memories to remember.”

“I want to put everyone in the audience as close to being in the saddle as words and music allow—and at the same time leave ‘em laughing,” he says. He plays a mix of songs, mostly his own, but always includes some classics the audience is sure to recognize. There will be wild rides, cattle drives, and endless big blue skies all wrapped up in poetry and song. With his smooth voice, authentic material, and a wonderful sense of humor, it doesn’t take long for an audience to appreciate what enchanting means: captivating and charming.

He has been a friend to many performers as a DJ for KSIL radio in Silver City, the producer of the Cowboy Concert Series, and as a talent wrangler and Master of Ceremonies for the Tyrone Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. He is a regular on the poetry and music circuit especially in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.

So tune up and tune in!

…. to KURU 89.1 FM, 6:15-ish
(after the Community Calendar and Workers’ Independent News) until 8 pm.

Or if you’re out of the area (more will be as the tower equipment is upgraded),
stream us live at GMCR.org.

Silver City Acoustic / Dustin Hamman

dustin hammanDustin Hamman, recently here from Portland, may be a little-known musician in town, but not for long, as he’ll soon kick off a national tour for the months of March and April.  The tour will promote the music he wrote for a film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” as well as two other albums of original music.  The tour (as Run On Sentence with Dan Galucki) begins here in Silver City at the Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery downtown, Saturday, March 1.  He’s our guest in the second hour.

Music columnist Claire Blaustein of NPR wrote of Dustin, “Hamman’s visions of folk music are realized with rich imagery and entrancing instrumentation, as he crafts vivid story lines and long strings of compelling narration.”

In the first hour, we visit with Douglas Francisco, who’ll open for Dustin here in Silver City and continue on with  the tour.  Douglas Francisco plays “haunting lap steel guitar, drawing from blues, country, jazz and gypsy music.”

So tune in and tune up!  KURU 89.1 FM, Thursday 6-8 pm (or a little later, after the two short shows)

Or stream it live on gmcr.org.

PS after the show:  Here are some photos from the show, first of Douglas, then of Dustin and Dan, a show which garnered a lot of positive praise.  Douglas Francisco Dustin Hamman & Dan Galucki

Silver City Acoustic with Phil and Mary Brown and the Latchkey Kids!

1798535_10152637078790031_1723685138_nThis week’s guests will be, in the first hour, Phil and Mary Brown, formerly of “The Oversouls,” and in the second hour the “Latchkey Kids.”

Long-time musical heroes in Silver City, Phil and Mary Brown anchored the popular Oversouls until recently, when Phil and Mary decided to pursue a new musical sound.  They’ll play some new and original acoustic music for us, talk about the process of songwriting, their Oversouls CD, and “The April-May Project”!

We’re looking forward to hearing all about the new music flowing through!

The Latchkey Kids have been playing around town for a few years now, the band consisting of James “Skippy” Sanders, Daniel Eady, Sam Yarborough, and  Alex Hallwyler.

They have an (unusual for them) all-acoustic set planned to share with us, along with stories about how they came together and where they’re going next.

So tune in and tune up!

KURU 89.1 FM, 6-8 pm MST (or a quarter after 6 or so)

or stream it live at GMCR.org.
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Andrew Dahl-Bredine and Don Beams, et al, on “Silver City Acoustic,” 89.1 KURU-FM

DSC04015My first guests tonight on “Silver City Acoustic” will be singer/songwriter Don Beams along with blues-harp-player “Bobby T” and fok-rock-jazz vocalist Becky Burnell, an as-yet-unnamed, newly formed trio.

Don and Bobby T might be familiar to those watching the music scene in Silver City the past few years.  Becky is a performer from northern New Mexico and relative newcomer to town.  

Bobby T has played with Grammy Award winner Charlie Musslewhite and Chizmo Charles at the famed Blue Note in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The three are currently working on Don’s first album of original music, and they’ll share with us some of those tunes and stories about their musical lives.  Don’s unique guitar picking and vocals draw compliments for their sensitive and humorous storytelling.

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In the second hour, my guest will be Andrew Dahl-Bredine, Silver City songwriter, singer/musician, family man, and world-traveler, who teaches children through music and nature.

Andrew is known for playing a wide variety of music from around the world, primarily South America and Africa, and playing instruments from many cultures.  He has five albums, and was named “Songwriter of the Year” by the 2011 Tucson Folk Festival.

Other praise garnered by Andrew includes:

“You can’t believe the journeys he takes you on: deep into your memory, deep into your joy; deep into the spirit, the madness, and the heart of the human experience.”  –  James Medfield, High Desert Beat 

“There’s something so foreign, so exotic and unusual in his sound, and in his lyrics; yet somehow he leaves the audience feeling so at home, so comfortable, so close…” – Nena Garcia, Acoustic Review

So turn on your radio, or pull up your laptop, and tune in for two hours of wonderful live music and conversation.

KURU FM, 89.1.  GMCR.org.

Love and Peace,

Greg